Alzheimer's Advocacy in

The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter is the largest group in advocating on behalf of those living with Alzheimer's disease.

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Conquering Alzheimer’s is as much a matter of public policy as scientific discovery, and we need your help to change the future of this devastating disease.

As an advocate, you will be invited to engage public officials and policymakers in a variety of ways, urging their support for critical Alzheimer's legislation and policy changes. Whether you prefer sending emails to legislators, posting updates to Facebook, or hosting events or even meeting in-person with your elected officials, there are many ways you can make a difference as an Alzheimer's Association Advocate.

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Federal Policy

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease that cannot be ignored by federal policymakers. Our goal is to see that the federal government takes bold action now to confront this growing crisis. Urge your elected officials to enact public policies that provide better health and long-term coverage to ensure high-quality, cost-effective care for the millions of people who face this disease every day. Learn more


STATE POLICY

State governments are increasingly on the front lines in addressing health issues facing America. As a result, every state must tackle Alzheimer's not only as an aging issue but also as a public health crisis. Alzheimer's Association chapters across the nation work with state officials to determine regulatory and statutory standards for dementia training, provide access to respite care, designate spending for state long-term care services, control Medicaid spending, and in a variety of other ways to provide care and support for those facing this disease. Learn more

As we continue to implement Georgia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias State Plan, during the 2018 legislative session, we will focus on three key areas:

  • Continuing to fight abuse, neglect and exploitation of those living with  Alzheimer’s and related dementias, and
  • Funding for Home and Community-based Services—especially to ensure that those still living in the community have access to the supports and services they need to remain in the community in their choice of home as long as possible
  • Ensuring access to quality long-term care for people with Alzheimer's & other dementias.

The Georgia General Assembly convened on Monday, January 8, 2018. The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter is bringing the following items to the attention of legislators. Please use these fact sheets to learn more about each issue and share them with your state legislators. In addition, you can use this one-page collateral to highlight facts about Alzheimer's in Georgia and summarize each of our priorities and highlight other bills we support this legislative session. Download One Pager Here. 

Legislative Issues:

  • Reauthorize the GA Alzheimer's & Related Dementia State Plan: In 2013, the Georgia General Assembly declared Alzheimer's disease a looming public health crisis and established the Georgia Alzheimer's and Related Dementia State Plan Task Force to create a comprehensive state plan for Georgia to address the crisis. The GARD state plan advisory council needs to be authorized to allow the important work of the State Plan to continue. 
  • Ensuring Access to Quality Long-Term Care Services for Persons with Dementia: Numerous people living with dementia and experiencing behavioral issues are being refused admittance to Long-term care (LTC) facilities. We will advocate to establish a study committee to examine this issue and determine ways to address the needs of those living with Alzheimer's or other dementias who have the right to "the right care, in the right place, at the right time," while ensuring that LTC facilities are not penalized for providing appropriate care. 
  • Add Penalties for Benefits Trafficking to exploitation code: The elderly & disabled, especially those living with dementia, are often financially exploited. Cases are on the rise of older adults being coerced, isolated & deceived in order to unlawfully use their public benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps & more. These are tax-payer dollars being misused and the consequences to the older adult are devastating. These crimes should be prosecuted as exploitation.

Budget Issue:

  • $10 Million in the State Fiscal Year 2019 to fund non-Medicaid Home and Community-based Services (HCBS).  HCBS is critical to families impacted by Alzheimer's or other dementias. The physical and emotional impact of dementia caregiving is estimated to have resulted in $10.9 billion in healthcare costs in the US in 2016*. Services covered by HCBS funds, including adult day programs, meal delivery & in-home care services can help reduce the burden on caregivers. In 2016 there were 519,000 dementia caregivers in Georgia that provided almost $7.5 Billion in unpaid care. 

 

Upcoming Events

Our 2018 Awareness Day was amazing!

Our event filled to capacity one month prior to the date. Please register early next year!

Thanks to our almost 300 advocates that came to the Capitol to use their voices to advocate for those impacted by Alzheimer's and other dementias. 

Chapter Contact(s)

Chapter Headquarters
Georgia
41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550
Atlanta, GA 30346
Phone 404.728.1181